, script kiddies
and curious hackers
are now classified
in the same groups as IRA bombers
. Under the Terrorism Act 2000, which went into effect Monday, people who manipulate public computer systems
can be punished under the very same anti-terrorism law as would a Hezbollah guerilla.
Any person who "seriously interferes with, or seriously disrupts an electronic system will be dealt with under the anti-terrorism law", according to some bloke from the Home Office. The spokesman, who talked with an IDG news source, the Terrorism Act:
extends the definition of what is legally a terrorist and now includes, along with violent foreign groups such as the Irish Republican Army (IRA) or Hezbollah, any U.K.-based group planning an attack outside of the U.K. or any group threatening or planning "serious violence" within the U.K.
Hack a web site or kill a mail server, hang out with gents who bombed folks in a comfortable prison. All expenses paid, of course. What if someone conducted a denial-of-service attack on a government web server? The death penalty? Why not treat the black-hat hackers, crackers and script kiddies as normal cyber-criminals, and give them appropriate sentencing. Put their skills to use instead of lumping them in with killers.
/rant done. Thanks to IDG for the facts and quotes.